October 18, 2021
Greetings Memorial School Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend as we look forward to another positive week at Memorial School. It has been a great start to the school year and our Memorial School students continue to impress as flexible and dedicated learners.
What is W.I.N. at Memorial School?

Starting next week, Memorial School will officially begin having a Reading and a Math W.I.N. time as part of each student's school day. W.I.N. or What I Need, are two 30 minute blocks of time where students receive extra support or extension activities based on their level of achievement in Reading and Math.

This may mean that your child works with an adult that is not his or her team. By including additional adults in the W.I.N. blocks of time, we are able to create small group learning environments that allow us to provide targeted intervention and instruction to best meet the needs of our students.
PTO Sponsored Halloween Goodie Bags for Memorial School Students!

PTO is putting together a Halloween goodie bag for each student. Please consider contributing something by clicking on the SignUp Genius below:
Upcoming Dates:

10/20 - Early Release Day

10/26 - Picture Re-take Day

10/27 - Early Release Day

11/11 - Veteran's Day
Summer Reading Challenge

Please see this write-up and recognition from Ms. Parker regarding the summer of 2021 Memorial School reading challenge!
Invitation for Parents to Join District Committee
The Sanborn Regional School District is looking for several parent representatives to help draft a district policy on racism and bias.

Interested parents would be on a larger committee made up of staff, parents, and other stakeholders and would be asked to meet 4-6 times throughout the year to complete this process (many meetings may occur on Zoom).

If you are interested, please contact Steve Krzyzanowski, Assistant Principal at the high school, at
Parent Awareness - Students and Tik Tok
There is a national trend on social media platform, Tik Tok, that is encouraging students to film themselves while performing acts of violence, vandalism, sexual harassment, and other inappropriate behavior, and then posting those acts onto their social media platform.

While we have not seen this at the elementary level, it is important that parents hear the same message across all Sanborn schools. Behavior associated with these challenges, also called Devious Licks, will not be tolerated in the Sanborn Regional School District.

Please discuss with your child the danger and serious consequences of participating in these challenges. With your support, we can keep our students safe and learning.
YMCA Offering During 'No School Days'
Community Halloween Activities and Offerings
School Counselor Resources for Families
It might be October, but for many of us it takes several months to find that new normal and get back into the swing of the school day routine. This article by Lynn Lyons describes the difference between providing support to our children but not “crutches”. 

She says, "When we promote problem solving in our families, then we teach children to think when facing a difficult event rather than simply reacting with panic and avoidance." 

Lynn Lyons is a psychotherapist from Concord, NH, who specializes in anxiety. She has written and coauthored books on anxiety for adults and teens. Her website is filled with articles, links to podcasts, and information on upcoming webinars and events. 
A Message from Memorial PTO
PTO’s membership drive is going strong! Thank you to everyone who has joined! Remember the first 20 families to sign up at the bronze, silver or gold level will receive a memorial swag package and the class with the highest participation will have an ice cream party! Join HERE

The fall PTO fundraiser, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and Joyful Traditions Cake Rolls, is underway. Please look for information that was sent home (this week) with students. The student who sells the most will get a $50 gift certificate for Spirit Wear! You can shop online by clicking HERE. As always, thank you for your support and participation!

Mark you calendars for October 23rd (rain date 10/24). Bring your gutted pumpkin to Memorial to carve with friends. Finished pumpkins can be taken with you or left to decorate the trunk or treat that starts at 4:30. More details to follow. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in last year’s virtual book fair! In addition to buying books for students in need and classrooms, we are finishing off the profits and buying $800 in books for the school library!

When you are at the school, take a minute to admire the hard work of Mrs. Branch and students leading to the gym door. PTO was able to provide funds for some gardening work.

We are looking for volunteers to help chair/co-chair events. Each year parents graduate and take their experience with them. Now is the time to jump in and be ready to keep PTO going! If you are interested, please email:

We hope to see you at our next meeting, 10/14 at 7pm in the gym. A zoom link will be forthcoming.
Thank You
As always, thank you for your support, and please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions prior to the start of the school year.

Ryan McCluskey
Memorial School